it carries cholesterol to the cells-- including the cells that line the blood vessel walls. as the level of ldl rises, so does the risk of atherosclerosis. when it was first tested, it was up in the 600 range, and so with the cholesterol lowering medication, it was in half. it was in the 300s, so, to me, that was great. hodis: it's clear, if you come from a high-risk family, then you're at high rk yourself, as an offspring. there are certain disorders, such as familial hyperchyolesterolemia, where there's a bad gene in the family and the families have very high cholesterols, 30400 milligrams per deciliter, whereas, if you're looking at something to compare that to, you'd say around 150 or less wod be... you know, 130, 120 would b really an adequate level. goldenetz: you know, our daughter's been tested, and our son, for cholesterol. our son's is okay.